HENDRICKSON ROAD HOUSE Hendrickson Road House (WHCD033)
Recorded to showcase the prodigious talents of teenage singer/songwriter Sue Eakins, the Hendrickson Road House album was issued in 1970 as a limited edition pressing by the Ojai-based Two:Dot studio/label. Widely regarded these days as one of the rarest vinyl artefacts to emerge from the late ‘60s Californian counterculture, the LP now sells for increasingly large sums of money on the rare occasions that copies surface. Now available for the first time in more than forty years, this authorised reissue adds half-a-dozen fascinating bonus tracks, including alternative mixes of two of the album’s finest songs, only briefly available at the time as a 7” that was credited to Nibbus (a name the group briefly considered before settling on Hendrickson Road House). With rare photos, interview quotes and the full Hendrickson Road House story, this is the definitive edition of a lost classic of the West Coast psychedelic folk genre.
So good is this slice of acidic West Coast folk that it’s difficult not to go overboard. Lost for 40 years and coveted by a handful of acolytes willing to exchange $1,000 for a copy, this is a
rediscovered gem so pure it makes all previous claims to that title look like uneducated sycophancy. The sophisticated jazzy undertow (in places not unlike contemporaries Seatrain) and sparse, intelligent arrangements are bound together by a female vocal so delicious, it could be picked and eaten. Opener “Forget About You” could be a template – pure, sparkly guitar and wispy, shuffling drums underpin that voice – but the coherence of the material belies its variety. Intense harmonising on “Helping Hand”, prog-like time changes on ”Tomorrow Your Sorrow” and free-roaming jazz on “Yesircantoo” – the album is littered with unique and varied touches of class in all departments. Wooden Hill have rightly lavished time and effort on the package and we get no less than six bonus tracks. Whoever you are – or think you are – you need this record. (Record Collector)
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